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  •  Caltrans crews will begin widening a three-mile stretch of Interstate 880 in San Leandro later this month to add a southbound carpool lane and replace two overpasses. As a result, drivers will soon see nightly ramp and lane closures between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.

    Oakland Tribune
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     The London Underground celebrates its 150th birthday today, marking the anniversary of the first trip on the tube, between Paddington and Farringdon. The tube is arguably best known for its iconic map, created by Harry Beck in 1931 and adopted as the official map in 1933. Here’s a look at how the map evolved over time.

    Atlantic Cities
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    Los Angeles has a long history of major public works projects that never get built, but its next great transit project almost certainly will. The Sepulveda Pass Corridor, a 30-mile transit link between the city and the San Fernando Valley, received $1 billion in funding from voters back in 2008. With that much public money lined up the question is not whether or not the project will be realized — but what it will look like when it is.

    Atlantic Cities
  •  In the tiny tortillerias of this city, people complain ceaselessly about the high price of corn. Just three years ago, one quetzal — about 15 cents — bought eight tortillas; today it buys only four. And eggs have tripled in price because chickens eat corn feed...Recent laws in the United States and Europe that mandate the increasing use of biofuel in cars have had far-flung ripple effects, economists say, as land once devoted to growing food for humans is now sometimes more profitably used for churning out vehicle fuel.

    New York Times
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    For Boeing, much rides on the success of its newest and most sophisticated jet, the 787 Dreamliner. But a spate of mishaps is reviving concerns about the plane’s reliability and safety.

    New York Times
  • A ferry crashed as it was docking in Lower Manhattan on Wednesday morning, injuring several dozen passengers, according to fire officials....At the time of the accident, the ferry was approaching the dock and many people were standing, lined up and preparing to exit, which may have made it harder for them to brace at the time of impact. Passengers also reported confusion after the accident, with dozens of people scrambling to rush off the vessel.

    New York Times
  • It’s well-established that density and mixed-use development reduce driving. Right? But strategies like those don’t work the same way everywhere, according to new research published in the Journal of Transport and Land Use

    DC.Streetsblog.org
  • One of the most important federal transit programs has undergone a makeover, and transit advocates are cheering the results.

    DC.Streetsblog.org
  • To better survive the economic impact of big storms like Sandy, New York needs a “world class” bus rapid transit system. That’s one of the major recommendations in a report commissioned by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on how to rebuild New York infrastructure post-Sandy.

    Transportation Nation
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    Finding a parking spot is such a travail that Calvin Trillin once wrote a book about it. But with the debut this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas of a new navigation and parking service, such driver headaches could eventually go the way of the hitching post.

    New York Times